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  1. A key Montreal media guy told me that Montreal has no interest in Yak whatsoever.

    I believe you. In general, though, that usually means the opposite. No offence meant, but Montreal has pulled off so many left-field trades recently that, when someone says no, I kinda think yes. LOL

    Anyhow, it'd be silly not to at least consider it since he and Chucky played together - and played well.

  2. not a member of the Eller bashing club but coyotes can get way more for yandle than lars ellar

    Well, I meant Eller - plus something else... for Yandle. If the Yotes did Eller for Yandle straight up, I'd sing dance and be first in line to put in my resume to Yotes ownership for the now empty role of GM.

  3. All this talk of #1C and #2C makes my ass twitch. Sure, we need that legit number one guy who's big, strong and dominant - Galchenyuk soon enough, I believe - but as things stand today, why do we have to have labels? It's not like Weise is a legit #1 winger, is it? No, these lines are mashed so the Habs can roll three legit threats and have a fourth that can stir the pot. I'd say our record is a testament to not having an absolute need of a #1 guy down the middle - can't we all agree on that one, tiny point? We can all argue about the "ideal world" scenario until we're blue in the face, but that won't change the reality of now.

    The Habs need Chucky to mature into that role, they need another power winger, and they need one more top-3 defender. That's the ideal world. Part one is under way, and if the rumours are to be believed, Bergevin is working hard on the latter two, such that some of the pundits are fairly certain Montreal will pull off a deal that will turn heads. Will he get a #1C? Honestly, I doubt it. I think he's looking winger and defender. His number one C just needs another few weeks/months of seasoning.

    So when we sit here and decry the output and effectiveness of DD when he's playing well enough to earn every single penny and he keeps guys (like Pacioretty!) happy, then why complain? DD is what he is, is paid as such, and until he's traded or usurped, he's in that position.

  4. The Jets traded Kane, Zach Bogosian, and unsigned goaltending prospect Jason Kasdorf to the Sabres on Wednesday in exchange for Tyler Myers, Drew Stafford, prospects Brendan Lemieux, Joel Armia and a first-round draft pick.

    As per TSN. That's a huge Winnipeg win, IMO.

  5. Is it possible that, through all the controversy and complaint, Therrien has done one thing extremely well: The Habs seem to be in better *condition* than most of the rest of the league. How else to explain the team consistently getting better as each game progresses? How they seem to do quite well in back-to-backs? As I see it, this is a well-conditioned team.

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  6. Oh gawd please never Kessel. Dressing room cancer if it's to be believed, and if you look at his body language and the way he acts on the bench, it gives a pretty clear indication that he's *apart.* I don't care how many goals he could score, I think he'd be more of a disruption to a team that has a very tight dressing room. Why take the chance that he could rip it apart? No no a thousand times no.

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  7. Eller is the dictionary definition - practically the Platonic Form - of mediocrity. He is a guy who can eat a decent amount of minutes without hurting you too much; and that's about all he is. His offensive game is nonexistent except for two weeks a year, and his defensive game, while OK, is - contrary to the religious belief of his dwindling army of defenders - nothing special. He does tally up some hits, but his physicality is just like the rest of his game, i.e., without any real impact. The only hope left for him to become anything other than an utterly forgettable player who plays for us for a few years and departs, unmissed, is that he might be one of those nonentities who somehow manages to find another gear reliably in the playoffs. (It's too soon to say that for sure, but there's no denying he was a monster for us last playoff, and a huge part of the reason why we did as well as we did, given the importance of scoring depth to this team).

    Cuke goes all Plato on our asses!

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  8. I agree with your point (Montreal plummets further than any other team without their star player), but not the specifics ("Montreal is probably not in the playoff picture without Price.")

    I think the Habs are on the playoff bubble fighting for a wildcard spot with Dustin Tokarski. Pick any legitimate #1 goalie, and they're still easily in the top three in their division. Montreal is better than we give them credit for.

    (Note that right now, they are 2nd, but they've got the second-best winning percentage in the league. I think winning percentage tells a lot more about team strength than points. If you look at the top teams in the overall standings, the percentages are skewed by overtime loser points (irrelevant once the playoffs start) and a differential in games played (which will not exist when the season is over.) Nashville is 35-18 (.660) , Anaheim is 34-20 (.629), Tampa is 34-21 (.618), St. Louis is 34-19 (.642), Montreal is 34-18 (.654), Detroit is 31-21 (.596) New York Islanders are 34-19 (.642). Only Nashville has a better winning percentage than Montreal, but Montreal has a game in hand on them, too.)

    I see your point and raise you with:

    Have you watched Montreal play? How many times have they been outshot? While they aren't nearly as scrambly in their own zone as they used to be, they still get penned far too often. Look, I enjoy stats as they give a great general idea of what you're looking at. Stats, though, aren't the be-all and end-all. I mean, Montreal's CORSI is below 50% and every team around them in the standings in considerably above. If you want to enjoy a stat, then how about that one? What does it mean? Means someone is saving a lot more pucks than the Habs are shooting...

  9. Take one player off each team. Their most important. Which team plummets most? Montreal probably not in the playoff picture - all due respect to the skaters. They are not well enough coached as a unit to win without Price. Despite an abundance of talent, we scramble nightly in our own zone. Price is, IMHO, *easily* the league MVP. Shouldn't even be close.

    Now, better question: imagine how good the Habs could be with a coach that preached a better defensive system? :P

  10. Is Emelin the new whipping boy here? Hahahaha

    We finally have grit on the back end and people want to trade him for Mike Green? LOL And then after that would-be trade those same people would say we were too soft at the back.

    Emelin isn't overpaid. And he's required. Unbelievable.

  11. 1. If TO finishes in the bottom five they'll screw up with the pick. We all know that.

    2. If TO does its usual and go on to finish on a high - just to miss the playoffs - I think they should change the timing of the parade route they like to plan every pre-season. This time they should have a parade on the day after the final day of the season to celebrate "Almost." I mean, if there was an award going to a team that consistently screwed up their future by winning at ALL the wrong times, TO would win hands down. Here's to #9 again!

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